Author: Hair Republic Beauty Lounge


Do you have 12 hours to spare and the inability to pick a nail polish colour? #PolishMountain may be the trend for you.


#PolishMountain was a trend started by YouTuber Christine Rotenberg after she was challenged to use every nail polish colour she owned. It resulted with her painting 116 coats of nail polish, creating a polish mountain. It has sparked a lot of people wanting to experiment with the trend themselves.

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Between each coat, the nail polish has to completely dry otherwise the final result ends up looking something slightly less than appealing. The photo below is Christine’s first attempt at the challenge, having applied 40 coats before giving up and restarting.

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The trend has taken off, with the original video having over 15 million views at the time of writing!

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Popular YouTuber Jenna Marbles decided to take this trend a step further, uploading a video of her doing 100 coats of nail polish, false eyelashes (50 per eye), foundation, liquid lipstick, spray tan and hairspray. After 4 days online, her video has reached over 5 million views, and has trended worldwide on social media platforms. polish mountain 3

So what do you think? Is this trend a waste of time or a new fashion statement? Would you ever try it?


Photos from Google and Christine Rotenberg

How To: Style your Long Bob for Summer!

Summer is the perfect time to try out a brand new hairstyle. For many of us, switching up our hair involves cutting some of it off! I recently did just that, opting for a long bob style courtesy of Master Stylist Karen Lino. If you’ve also jumped on the bandwagon of the long bob trend, read on for a few ways to style your new do this summer!

Curl it Up


Jourdan Dunn – who technically has a full on bob, but I love her and had to feature her here!














If you have straight hair like me, I suggest letting your hair air dry after washing it to minimise the amount of heat you’re going to apply. You can always use a round brush for some extra volume when it’s almost dry. Next, take a 3/4 to 1 inch curling iron and curl big sections of hair going in opposite directions. You’ll want your face framing pieces to be curled away from your face. Finger brush out the curls to finish!

For curly haired girls, you may need to straighten out your hair prior to curling. Better yet, embrace your natural curl with a curl enhancing product like Kevin Murphy’s Killer Curls!

Sleek and Straight


Jessica Alba

Once again, I like to let my hair air dry before straightening it to avoid using a ton of heat. Although my hair is naturally straight, I use a straightening iron if I want a really sleek look. I curved my ends in slightly but not so much that they look rounded.

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For curly hair, blow drying your hair with a large round brush before flat-ironing may be optimal. Curly haired Stylist Karen loves using Living Proof’s Style Lab Satin Hair Serum before blow-drying her hair straight!

Messy and Textured


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

Bring on the beach hair! For this look, I first scrunched up my wet hair with Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort and let it air dry. I then took a flat iron and added random bends into my hair, all directed away from my face. I like using a flat iron for this particular style because I find I have more control over the wave I am creating and where I want the bend, compared to when I use a curling iron.

For curly haired girls, I suggest you straighten out your hair before the above steps. Alternatively, you can once again embrace your natural texture! Try using Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again to eliminate any frizz and then use a flat iron to manipulate your curl.


Try these hairstyles and products out on your new long bob haircut and let us know what you think!


Blog by Alice Kapune.

Celebrity photos from Google images. 

My Journey to Bright Purple Hair and How You Can Get It Too

I’ve always been fairly timid with my hair choices, opting for various shades of brown or subtle ombres. The wildest I had gone was a brown with a slight purple tint to it, and some purple pieces along the bottom. But one morning I woke up and wanted to do something totally different and go purple all over. I texted my lovely co blogger Alice and we made plans to come get our hair done. Doing bright, fun colours in your hair isn’t always an easy (or short) process, so I’m going to explain what Senior Stylist Vanessa did to make my hair a gorgeous shade of purple.Because my hair was currently a sombre, I needed to lighten it first. Unfortunately, because there was more than one colour in my hair, and it had been coloured many times in the past, we couldn’t lighten everything at once. Vanessa started by applying the lightener to my roots, which was the darkest and natural hair colour. She let that sit for a while, and when she came back she started applying through the middle section of my hair. Finally she did the ends of my hair and made sure everything was lifting to the same colour.


Seeing my hair the colour of Kraft Dinner definitely made me a little nervous.

As you can see, my hair didn’t lift evenly, and in my experience this is normal. We applied a toner that would even everything out and get rid of some of that residual orange pigment in my hair.


This was the last picture I saw of my hair until the end. Slightly nerve wracking, but I put all my trust into Vanessa

It was finally time to apply the colour! We did this using Sparks direct colour, and Vanessa mixed a few different colours in order to get the shade of purple that we were going for. Once the purple was applied, we let it sit for a long time. We decided that I wouldn’t see anything involving the purple until the finished product. I loved the idea of being surprised, but it was so tempting to peek when everyone was coming up to me and talking about the colour!


The Sparks colour on my hair… it’s so purple!

I don’t know what I was expecting, but I fell in love with the colour! It didn’t feel like a weird colour for my hair to be, it just looked good. In total, it ended up being a 5 step colour application and I was there for 3-4 hours. It’s definitely not a short process, but it was absolutely worth it. Everyone will have a different experience, but most people require their hair to be lightened before they can do any sort of brighter colour. This colour will fade in roughly a month, and then we can play around with different colours to put on!


The official before and after! Unfortunately we forgot to take something while we were in the salon, but even after being out in the wind, the colour look fantastic!

If you’re looking to try something new for summer, head to or call 613-695-0789 to set up a free, 15 minute Consultation. Remember to post your photos with the hashtag #HRBL so we can see your fabulous hair!

Festival Style 2016

It’s that time of year again, where all the attendees of music festivals break out their flower crowns and head out to Coachella, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, Blues Fest and the like. If you’re in need of some style inspiration for this year, look no further – we’ve got you covered.


Let’s switch it up this year and ditch those flower crowns. Braids and buns are great for creating unique and gorgeous hairstyles.

They are especially cute when combined.


Make your eyes sparkle with glitter, polka-dots and gemstones.

Combine the glitter and bun trends by applying glitter to your roots! Mix in glitter with hair gel to make it stick.

Try out colourful brows.


We are absolutely loving unicorn nails!

Feeling a little intimidated by these styles? No worries – book an appointment at Hair Republic Beauty Lounge for Hair, Makeup, Nails or all three and we’ll get you festival ready.

All photos from Pinterest.

Blog by: Alice Kapune

How to make your Eyelash Extensions work for you!

Eyelashes extensions give you the perfect looking lashes everyday. No need to struggle with mascara and clumping, they are ready as soon as you wake up! Just like the hair on our scalp, our eyelash hair goes through cycles. Understanding these cycles can help you understand when is the best time to get your extensions, how often to get them refilled, and why your eyelashes (both extensions and natural) may be falling out.

Eyelashes grow in three stages: anagen, catagen and telogen. Simply put, the anagen phase lasts 30-45 days and it is when eyelashes are still new and delicate. The catagen phase is when lashes are at their strongest, and is around 2-3 weeks long. During this phase the lash stops growing. Telogen is the final stage and it’s when lashes begin to fall out, and make room for new lashes. Every hair in your eyelashes is on it’s own cycle, so they won’t fall out all at once.

When you get eyelash extensions, they tend to follow a similar cycle. Eyelashes are applied to lashes in the catagen stage because they are strong enough to hold the extensions. From there, the extensions will follow the natural hair cycle, falling out when the lash is in the telogen stage.

Because lashes tend to stay in the catagen phase for 2-3 weeks before they begin to fall out, we recommend coming to get lash extensions filled, or touched up, in that same time frame. This allows lashes that have recently entered the catagen stage to be extended, to make up for gaps where lashes have fallen out.

To maximize your lash life, you should take makeup off every night (preventing breakage and drying out), eat well (to maximize the nutrients involved in hair growth) and choose only the best products to put on your face and lashes!

The B is Back

I want to talk about the bob for a minute. The bob – long, short and everything in between – has made a comeback in the hair world lately. Everywhere you look, whether it’s in pop culture or everyday real life, girls are opting to have their hair chop-chopped into a new, fresh, cropped style. I am one of those girls (who is taking baby-steps and currently has an “extra-extra-long bob” … okay it doesn’t really count as a bob but I’m getting there!).


I’m not the only one with shorter locks these days – check out all these celebs who are rocking it too!

Some are wearing their bob classic and short:






Jennifer Lopez


Queen Bey


Jordan Dunn


Lily-Rose Depp

Some are opting for a ‘lob’ – a long bob:


Natalie Dormer (her lob in The Hunger Games features a side shave with a floral tattoo design)


Jennifer Lawrence


Jessica Alba


Emma Roberts

Here are some instagrammers/bloggers who are also sporting a bob or lob:


Victoria Hui – @thelustlistt


Chloe Plumstead – @chloeplumstead


Karen Yeung – @iamkareno

So why are women everywhere flocking to salons to have their hair chopped? Is it for the arguably simpler maintenance? I for one have had to use way less shampoo and conditioner now that I’ve had 8 inches cut off, and brushing is so much easier. Or maybe it’s related to the newly revived feminist movement in the past couple of years – spearheaded (at least in the pop-culture world) by short-haired Emma Watson. The 20’s bob is after all a tell-tale symbol of female emancipation.



Emma Watson


Louise Brooks

Whatever the reason, it’s happening – the bob is taking over. The results? We’re loving it.


Blog by Alice Kapune


Images from Google images

Eliminating Hat Hair in 6 Simple Steps

Winter is in full swing here in Ottawa, which means everyone is bundling up to stay warm. Unfortunately with cute knitted headbands and patterned scarves comes static and frizzy hair. We have 6 tips to help you prevent and repair the effects of hat hair!

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Avoid Wool Products

Wool causes friction against the hair creating damage and frizz. Look for hats that have a silk or satin lining to protect your hair from rubbing up against the harsh wool.

Change Your Hair Brush

Use a hair brush that has natural bristles, such as boar bristles. These brushes are similar to human hair so they cause less stress and less damage. As a bonus, natural bristles will also help add shine to your hair!

Static Guard

Spraying a little bit of static guard on your hands and rubbing it through the mid shafts and ends of your hair will help reduce any static caused by hats or scarves!


Fabric Softener Sheets

Running these sheets over your hair will eliminate the static. Carry some in your bag and slip off to the restroom when you arrive at your destination.


Carrying a travel sized hairspray in your bag will save you from many hair disasters. Spray a little bit in your hands and lightly smooth out the fly aways caused by your outerwear.

Hand Cream

As a last resort, hand cream is an excellent smoothing cream. Rub a pea sized amount of cream in your palms and smooth it over your hair, but avoid the roots. Applying hand cream directly to your roots will cause them to look greasy.